Steering does not self-center on my 2002 Trailblazer.

wrecks2020

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Jun 21, 2012
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My wife complains loudly about the steering feel on our TB. It does not self center at all despite the recent alignment and replacement of lower ball joints. Can I increase caster safely to improve this?
thanks
 

Wooluf1952

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Nov 20, 2011
2,663
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Was the caster checked/adjusted?
IIRC, some alignment shops don't believe the caster is adjustable. (Or is it the camber?)
 

The_Roadie

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Nov 19, 2011
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Portland, OR
Many alignment shops think we have some lame MacPherson strut where you cannot adjust the camber and caster. They are totally wrong and need to be shunned if they claim that.

Do you have the printout from the last alignment you had done? Always get the sheet of before and after numbers. Then we can comment on how bad the shop is. You should not have to fix their poor quality job. What did they say when you called them about your wife's complaint?
 

triz

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Apr 22, 2013
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Go to another alignment shop.
 

gmcman

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Dec 12, 2011
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Did this happen after the LBJ change? If so, I'm willing to speculate they may have cranked down on the mounting nut too much....only requires about 90-100 ft/lbs. The steering should easily return to center on stock size tires when traveling forward or just shy of straight.

I would take it back and discuss your concerns.
 

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